Kretin

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Kretin
MLBISBJJAlphaKretin.png
Alpha Kretin's first form
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)

Kretin (known as Keratin in the British English version) is a molecule with two forms called Alpha Kretin and Beta Kretin (called Alpha Keratin and Beta Keratin in the British English version), a form that connects itself to other Kretin units that change color, and a singular entity that is capable of cloning itself, respectively. It appears as a boss in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its 3DS remake, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.

History[edit]

Alpha Kretin's second form

When Mario and Luigi find Princess Peach in the Flab Zone inside Bowser's body, a cluster of Beta Kretins appear and kidnap her. After a long chase, Mario and Luigi finally reached Kretin in a room. Using the Spin Jump, Mario and Luigi free Peach from the grips of it, but it transforms into Alpha Kretin and attacks the brothers. While Mario gets ready to fight it, Luigi asks Starlow to fight Kretin instead of him. Starlow does not like his idea and smacks Luigi into Kretin, starting the battle, with the brothers defeating it afterwards.

Battle[edit]

Battle with Kretins

In battle, Kretin will begin in its Alpha Kretin form. Each individual unit of Kretin can be either red (with angry eyes in the remake) or green (with shocked eyes in the remake), and can only be damaged by the Mario brother of the corresponding color. When one unit receives enough damage, it turns blue (with closed eyes in the remake) and is defeated.

The Alpha Kretin's only attack is creating a ball of blue electric energy that will move through its body. It will then start to glow, turning its arm into a cannon shape. The Alpha Kretin will start to shoot balls of energy towards the Bros. The player can know which Bro. the ball will go toward by the order the beam went through the body, red for Mario, green for Luigi, and blue for neither bro. This means that the more Kretins defeated, the less balls Alpha Kretin can shoot. This attack is countered with hammers. If hit, the brothers will have their defense lowered.

After all the six parts of Kretin are blue, it will fall apart and become Beta Kretin. Five units disappear, but one remains. It will proceed to create five clones in a hexagon pattern. These clones are very weak and are defeated in a single attack. If a duplicate is defeated, the real Kretin will simply create another on the next turn. Creating a new clone does not take up a full turn; Kretin can recreate the duplicate and attack in the same turn. In its Beta Kretin form, it starts to jump around with the other duplicates, trying to confuse the player by jumping to a different position. Its main attack is surrounding the bros in a hexagon shape, while they all start to charge up electricity. When one of the Kretins jumps, the electricity moves on to that spot. This attack can be avoided by jumping. It will eventually reform into Alpha Kretin, with the positions of the Kretins being different. In the remake, this happens immediately after it becomes inflicted with Fury. After the fight, Kretin is defeated. A stronger version of Kretin can be fought in The Gauntlet, this form is known as Kretin X.

Statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Alpha Kretin
MLBISAlphaKretin.png HP 20 (30) POW 40 (100) DEF 23 (35) SPEED 30 (45) Coins 0 (0)
Level 11 Fire Normal Burn? Immune Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Flab Zone
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Immune Experience 0 Item Drop --
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Beta Kretin
MLBISBetaKretin.png HP 385 (578) POW 40 (100) DEF 39 (59) SPEED 42 (63) Coins 200 (300)
Level 11 Fire Normal Burn? Immune Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Flab Zone
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Immune Experience 700 Item Drop Max Syrup Jar - 100%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Alpha Kretin
MLBISBJJAlphaKretin.png HP: 1 POW: 44 DEF: 36 SPEED: 30 Experience: 0
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 0
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: None - 0%
None - 0%
Level:           11 Location(s): Flab Zone
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Beta Kretin
MLBISBJJBetaKretinSprite.png HP: 333 POW: 60 DEF: 48 SPEED: 42 Experience: 700
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 200
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: None - 0%
Bros. Wear - 100%
Level:           11 Location(s): Flab Zone
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Beta Kretin (Clone)
MLBISBJJBetaKretinSprite.png HP: 1 POW: 50 DEF: 17 SPEED: 42 Experience: 0
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 0
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: None - 0%
None - 0%
Level:           11 Location(s): Flab Zone

Names in other languages[edit]

Alpha Kretin[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アルカロテン
Aru Karoten
α-carotene
Spanish (NOA) Kretina Alfa Alpha Kretin
Spanish (NOE) Karotenio From α-carotene
French (NOA) Krétine Alpha Alpha Kretin
French (NOE) Alphacaro From α-carotene
German Alpha-Karotino From α-carotene
Italian Alfa Carotene From α-carotene
Korean 알파카로팅
Alpa Karoting
Pun on α-carotene

Beta Kretin[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ベタカロテン
Beta Karoten
β-carotene
Spanish (NOA) Kretina Beta Beta Kretin
Spanish (NOE) Betakarotino From β-carotene
French (NOA) Krétine Bêta Beta Kretin
French (NOE) Bétacaro From β-carotene
German Beta-Karotino From β-carotene
Italian Beta Carotene From β-carotene
Korean 베타카로팅
Beta Karoting
Pun on β-carotene

Trivia[edit]

  • One of the two Alpha Kretin formations vaguely resembles the logo of AlphaDream, the company that develops the Mario & Luigi series of installments.
  • The English name for "Kretin" comes from "keratin", a body chemical, and "cretin", a derogatory term for a bully.
  • In the original game, using Special Attacks (e.g. Yoo Who Cannon) counts as attacking either red or green Kretins simultaneously if either Mario or Luigi are using the attack. This was changed in the remake to block attacks if both Mario and Luigi are attacking.